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Lake in the Hills to host CERT classes

Published: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 11:27 p.m. CST

LAKE IN THE HILLS – The Community Emergency Response Team program helps train citizens to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities.

When a major emergency occurs, local police and fire services could be overwhelmed with calls and may be unable to provide immediate care.

CERT members are trained to provide medical assistance to victims, perform light search-and-rescue techniques, extinguish small fires, organize volunteers at a disaster site, and locate and safely turn off utilities. CERT members also help with nonemergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

The classes are in four-hour blocks, and there are a total of five classes. The Lake in the Hills Police Department will be holding classes on Thursdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24, and the class final will be Oct. 25. All classes will be from 6 to 10 p.m.

These classes are free and available to any citizen. To enroll, contact the Community Relation/Crime Prevention Division of the Police Department at 847-658-5676.

– Northwest Herald

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